November 25, 2009

Sing For Hope - An Amazing Gala

My nephew, Christopher Herbert, is the Director of Advancement for Sing for Hope. Sing for Hope is a non-profit organization that mobilizes more than 600 professional artists in volunteer service programs that benefit communities in need.  These artists include classical musicians, Broadway performers, dancers, poets, and photographers.  Christopher invited me to attend last Saturday evening's 2009 Gala, Songs for Our Future.  It was held at The Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center in New York City and I must say, it was a sensational event.  Christopher, who is also a singer, was unable to perform that night as he had just flown in the evening before from his European recital debut in Paris.

The Sing for Hope honorees of the evening were Renée Fleming - Metropolitan Opera star, Grammy Award winning soprano, and Sing for Hope board member; Jane Fonda - Academy award winning actress and social activist; Reynold Levy - Philanthropic leader and President of Lincoln Center; and Muhammad Yunus - 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient, and Sing for Hope board member.  The performances were simply amazing - a superb talent show of professional artists!  I understand that the fund raising portion of the Gala was a resounding success, as it should be.  I am very impressed with this organization and what it does for communities in need.